OMAHA (DTN) -- Overall favorable conditions in the Midwest, and weekend rain in Russia, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Monday.
FAVORABLE MIDWEST CONDITIONS
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for a generally favorable set of conditions for Midwest crops. A turn to hotter and drier weather during the six - to 10-day period will deplete soil moisture. This situation bears watching but is not a major concern at this time.
SOUTHERN PLAINS TO TURN DRIER
In the Southern Plains, early-week showers are bringing some disruptions to winter wheat harvest. A turn to hotter and drier conditions beginning Tuesday and continuing during the next seven to 10 days will favor the harvest. Recent showers and milder weather are favorable for row crops. However, the turn to hotter and drier conditions during the next 10 days will deplete soil moisture and increase crop stress, especially for pollinating corn.
MORE WEST TEXAS DRYNESS
In west Texas, the drier weather pattern is likely to continue during this week and next. Temperatures mostly above normal.
MILD IN NORTHERN PLAINS
Northern Plains' conditions are expected to be favorable weather for developing corn, soybeans and spring wheat during the next 10 days.
PRAIRIES SHOWER PROSPECTS
The Canadian Prairies had warm weather with scattered showers favoring developing crops late last week and during the weekend. Increasing showers later this week and during the coming weekend will favor crops in this region.
WEEKEND RUSSIA SHOWERS
In the Black Sea region, southeastern Ukraine and southern Russia were hot at the end of the past week, with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s Fahrenheit. Showers and cooler weather formed during the weekend. Dryness will remain a concern this week as temperatures turn somewhat higher again.
NORTHEAST CHINA SHOWERS
In northeast China, a warming trend during the weekend will be followed by more rain chances and lower temperatures during this week. This is a mostly favorable pattern for corn and soybean development.
MIXED NORTH CHINA PLAIN PATTERN
North China Plain highs Sunday were 90 to 95F through northeast and central areas. The weekend featured only a few light showers. However, thunderstorms have developed overnight. Thunderstorms will continue in northeast and central areas today. The pattern is somewhat variable at this time. This is not an idea pattern, but does offer some crop benefit.
ERRATIC INDIA MONSOON
The India monsoon remains erratic and significantly behind normal development. However, it has moved enough to allow increased showers through key growing areas of the west-central and central interior India. These sections produce soybeans, sorghum, cotton and sugarcane.
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